Bad Bosses: 6 Tips for Talking to and Coping With Them

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Do you know any bad bosses? Want tools to talk to and cope with your bad boss? Here are 6 helpful tips!

I once worked at an ad agency called The Miller Agency – owned and run by a moody man by the name of George Miller.

(Note: These are pretend names given to protect his not-so-innocent identity. But the following story is true.)

Miller had such crazy mood swings, we jokingly referred to our agency as The Miller and Miller and Miller and Miller Agency.

Miller drove everyone nutso.

Although the creative work we did was great – morale was low – and thereby exits out rampant.

Miller is a perfect example of a bad boss.

He fits the famous axiom:

“People take a job because of the company — but leave because of bad bosses.”

According to management researcher Chandra Louise, 80% of the employees who quit their jobs do so because of problems with their bosses.

6 Helpful Tips to Talk to and Cope With Bad Bosses

If you have a bad boss, before you pack up and leave, consider these “Bad Boss Improvement Strategies.”

1. Have an honest, brave talk –with yourself — not your bad boss!

Fearlessly look at your behavior. Are you inspiring wrath or disrespect? If not, procede onward.

2. Book your bad boss for their bad behavior.

Get a journal and write a cathartic list of all the bad things your boss did/does — and how each misdeed impacted your performance –and others.

3. Rank your list from top outright evil to lesser plain ol’ annoying.

Pick the top three misdeeds and develop positive, helpful solutions. Edit out sarcasm.

4. Bring your “Problems/Solutions List” to trusted friends and colleagues.

Discuss. Edit.

5. Schedule a meeting with your bad boss.

Begin your talk by acknowledging how you’re sure your boss is completely unaware of his/her actions — and how you hope this meeting will be positive for all involved. Give your boss a typed-up copy of your “P/S List.” Your boss will pay more attention knowing your talk is on documented official record.

6. Don’t leave until everyone has appropriate expectations.

Make sure the “improvement goals” to be set include a measurable way to gauge change.

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